October 28, 2014 Subject:
Hollywood speaks (and sings)
The title of this comedy/musical is a play on words since it is about a silent film producer reluctantly making his first talkie. Dialect comedian Nat Carr plays the producer (J Pierpont Ginsberg) as a parody of Sam Goldwyn and his notorious murdering of the English language. This film also was RCA's dig at Warner Brothers' Vitaphone sound system which used phonograph records. (Warner Brothers knew when they were licked and quickly adopted RCA's superior sound-on-film system.)
Dated and with not all of the cast up to the challenges of sound-film acting, nevertheless it is an interesting and at times entertaining little curiosity. In 1929 few would have guessed that in 23 years MGM's greatest musical, "Singin' in the Rain," would be based on the same theme
The print is complete (minus a few glitches), and the video and audio qualities are adequate for viewing.